Cats Protection has issued a desperate plea after revealing the number of unwanted cats has reached an all-time high. The number of adoptions has also plummeted in recent years. Find out how you can help.

Cats Protection has issued a desperate plea after revealing the number of unwanted cats has reached an all-time high.

Street catThe number of adoptions has also plummeted in recent years and the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is calling for more people to come forward to offer a cat a home.

Figures from the charity’s national helpline show that for every one person enquiring about adopting a cat there are 10 people calling to give up a cat or report a stray.

To illustrate the size of the problem, Cats Protection has released comparative figures from July-September 2009 to the same period in 2012. It shows:

  • adoption enquiries have fallen by 55%, but
  • the number of people giving up a cat and reporting a stray has increased by 34%.

However, the figures could be just the tip of the iceberg as they don’t include calls to the charity’s 260 volunteer-run branches, which carry out 75% of the organisation’s work.

Cats Protection spokesman Kate Bunting said: “Since the UK entered recession, we have received many more requests from people to take in their cats, with owners saying they are losing their jobs, their homes, or moving into rented accommodation.

Street cats“It can be very difficult for us to take in all these cats, especially at short notice, despite our 8,700 volunteers working round the clock to help as many cats as possible. Therefore, people should seek help as soon as they become aware of the need to give up their cat because this will give animal welfare organisations more time to respond.

“We have around 6,200 cats in care, with many more in need of help, so we desperately need people to come forward to adopt a cat.”

All cats adopted by Cats Protection are examined by a veterinary surgeon, microchipped, vaccinated, neutered (if old enough) and will also come with four week’s free insurance.

To adopt a cat or to find out more about neutering, contact the charity’s national helpline on 03000 12 12 12 or visit www.cats.org.uk for details of your local Cats Protection branch or adoption centre.

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